U.S. Supreme Court

The Two-Way
9:02 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Supreme Court Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:14 pm

Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET Friday:

After an appeals court put Wisconsin's voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.

Marge Pitrof of Milwaukee's WUWM reports:

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Courts
9:15 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages for purposes such as Social Security survivors' benefits, insurance benefits, immigration and tax filing.

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Courts
11:51 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Remands Affirmative Action Case To Lower Court

One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process — has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

In a 7-1 ruling, the high court "vacated and remanded" an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which had upheld the university's program. (Justice Elena Kagan recused herself because when she was a lawyer at the Justice Department she had been involved in the case.)

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Courts
12:41 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

State Gets Another Concealed-Carry Extension

Illinois now has until July 22nd to enact a concealed-carry law. That's after the U.S. Supreme Court granted a request by the state Attorney General to push back the deadline.

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Government
2:49 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Illinois Still Trying To Change Juvenile Sentencing Law

The youth prison in Saint Charles
Credit Mike Moen

The U.S. Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile offender to life in prison without parole. It’s been a year since that ruling was handed down. But Illinois has yet to update its law to reflect the ruling.

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U.S. Supreme Court
4:17 am
Tue November 27, 2012

High Court Refuses to Hear Illinois' Eavesdropping Case

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez
Credit Cook County State's Attorney

Cook County State’s attorney Anita Alvarez says she’s disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a petition she filed on citizens recording police officers. An appeals court decision earlier this year found Illinois’ Eavesdropping statute unconstitutional.

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NPR News Special
9:41 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

The Supreme Court Affordable Health Care Act decision will wait until Thursday

photo by SnoShuu

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts says the Supreme Court decision on the Obama administration's Affordable Health Care Act likely will be announced on Thursday. WNIJ will provide coverage and reaction throughout the day. We'll also have an NPR News special on the decision and what it means at 6pm Thursday.

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Developing
10:12 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Ex.-Gov. Ryan may get a new trial

Former IL Governor George Ryan

Attorneys for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan say a U.S. Supreme Court decision today could eventually lead to a new trial for their client.

Defense lawyer Albert Alschuler said the high court asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reconsider Ryan's appeal. The high court found the appellate judges erred by not considering aspects of the appeal on their merits.

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